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 Gold Medallion Award



Presenting the 2001  ISHOF Gold Medallion Award Winner...
 

Sandra Baldwin
President United States Olympic Committee

On December 3, 2000, Sandra (Sandy) Baldwin was elected to a four-year term as President and Chairman of the Board of the United States Olympic Committee - the first woman ever to be elected to this position in the 106-year history of the USOC.  Following in the footsteps of ISHOF presidents Jack Kelly and Bill Simon in this prestigious office, she brings warmth, understanding, accountability and direction to amateur athletics in the United States.  Sandy Baldwin is recognized as the leader of amateur sports in the USA and oversees a quadrennial budget of $426 million.

It all began in 1965 when Sandy's son Clay, at the age of six, began swimming in their hometown of Mesa, Arizona.  Initially, she was a timer at Clay's swim meets but her enthusiasm flourished and she began to help create a stronger swimming program for the children in that city.  The Tokyo Olympic Games of 1964 had just created great excitement for the swimmers and the 1968 Olympic Games were just beyond Arizona's backyard in Mexico City.

Baldwin served as chairman of Arizona Swimming and soon became president of the Arizona Chapter of the AAU.  With the passage of the Amateur Sports Act of 1978 whereby governance of the U.S. Olympic Sports was passed from the AAU to the USOC, she became active in the USOC.  She served as treasurer (1978-1982), executive vice president (1982-1984) and president (1984-1986) of USA Swimming, where she was the first female head of a national governing body that was not a female-only sport.  Sandy also served as president of USA Shooting (1994-1995).

At the USOC, she has been on the Board of Directors since 1985 and has served four-year terms as treasurer, budget committee chairman and vice president.  From 1993-1996, Sandy also chaired the Budget Committee.  Other committees include National Governing Body Council, Audit, Finance and Junior Olympics.  She was named Chef de Mission to lead America's athletes and the U.S. delegation to the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games as well as the 1995 Pan American Games in Argentina.  She was a member of the Board of Directors for the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games (ACOG) in 1996 and is a member of the Board of Trustees for the Salt Lake Organizing Committee for the 2002 Winter Olympic Games.  She has also served on numerous USOC standing and special committees, including the Members Services Committee, NGB Council (1989-1992), Development Committee (1985-1988) and the Foundation Grant Committee (1985-1986).

Sandy's articulate writing and speech comes naturally to this 1962 graduate of the University of Colorado with a degree in English and a 1967 doctorate in American literature from Arizona State University.  She taught English at ASU for 11 years before beginning a career in real estate in 1982 and currently is employed by Phoenix's Prudential Arizona Realty.

Sandy's honors have included the 1988 U.S.A. Swimming Athletes Appreciation Award and the 1990 U.S.A. Swimming Award.


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